There is no denying that sexual assault (SA) and domestic violence (DV) are two social issues that are interconnected. At places of intersection, the movements working together can further support, create, and promote positive social change. While there are distinct differences between DV and SA , at the foundation they share many of the same root causes, such as cultural gender constructs , gender bias, and oppression. The anti-domestic violence and anti-sexual violence movements share the common goal of eliminating oppression and violence.
However, the nature of our work can be very different because of the survivors with whom we work, the services and resources we provide, and the ways we discuss the issue with our community. Moving forward, it is important to keep perspective on both the differences and the similarities within the two movements. This is especially significant for new directors, who are responsible for ensuring that sexual assault survivors continue to receive comprehensive services, that the issue of sexual violence is being addressed in communities across our state, that funding continues to be available to meet the unique needs of survivors of sexual violence, and that we have the tools and resources needed to do prevention work.
The following articles address many of the specific issues faced by dual DV and SA organizations, including the positive and negative aspects of dual programs. We have included tools to assess service provision to SA survivors on both an organizational and a personal level. These resources will help new directors to garner a better understanding of the intersections between the two fields and relationships within the DV and SA movements.
- Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence: Common Goals, Distinct Differences (Winter 2006)
- This article both honors the common goals that the two movements have, while exploring the ways in which we work with survivors, provide education, and prevention vary.
- Working to End Sexual Violence & Working to End Domestic Violence: Intersections and Differences Part One | Part Two
- Within this document there is a collection of articles that explore the intersections and differences of our movements. Of note is the article in which an Executive Director shares her experiences working as an ED in a DV, an SA, and a dual program; exploring the nuances of how managing each type of program varies and highlighting the strengths and struggles of each model.
- Personal Assessment for Advocates working with Victims of Sexual Violence
- This assessment is designed to help advocates evaluate their strengths and identify areas for enhancement. It is recommended that this assessment be used by individuals for their personal use (and not be shared with anyone unless they choose to share it). This tool is intended to help one grow. In order to get honest feedback, it is critical that there is no judgment regarding people's answers. The goal of this tool is personal reflection and honesty.
- Organizational Assessment for Agencies Serving Victims of Sexual Violence
- Consider your staff as a group and assess the group's knowledge of sexual violence and response. Please mark each statement from 1 (agency takes no action or statement is not true) to 5 (agency takes action, or statement is true) for agency staff's knowledge of sexual violence and response. Space is provided for your comments and notes.